Visiting the Alaska State Fair was not something we planned to do but it was recommended by someone we met earlier during our vacation. As we had time and were going to Palmer anyway we made some time to fit this in our schedule. If you can I would recommend to do the same. We didn’t regret our visit, on the opposite, it was fun to spend some time at this fair.
Yearly the Alaska State fair attracts approx. 300,000 visitors. This is almost half of Alaska’s population.
If you look at the fair’s agenda you will be surprised by the amount of activities that are organized daily. There’s something for everyone. All kinds of contents, various performances as well as concerts. Below you see some pictures taken of the showcase of the largest vegetable contest and the winners of the animal contests.
Other contests include parent/child look-alike, weight lifting, sewing, woodworking… As you can see there’s something for everyone.
There’s also a carnival section with major rides and small fun activities like the one below. Can you guess which hole the mouse will choose?
Of course there’s also a trade fair where you can buy everything from RV’s up to any appliance you can imagine you would need in your home. As you can see in the picture below we visited the fair in the run-up to the elections.
For us this unique combination of a trade fair, a carnival and all the contests was a first. It may be more common in the United States, I couldn’t say. We liked to walk around for a few hours at this fair and spend some time at 1 of their annual highlights. It made us feel like real Alaskans for a few hours. 🙂
You can find all information, including the full activities program, at http://www.alaskastatefair.org/. The fair is usually organized around end of August, beginning of September. This is the same period I recommend for a visit to Denali National Park so you could easily combine a visit to the fair with some days at Denali National Park.
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